(Art) Anti-Franco Guerrilla Fighters (with María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, Socialist Vice-President) by Eileen Haley

Quilt by Eileen Haley. Part of her EarthWomen series.

Quilt by Eileen Haley. Part of her EarthWomen series.

Women of the late 1940s who took up arms to oppose the dictator Francisco Franco are joined by María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, vice-president of Spain 2004-2010. Fernández de la Vega is noted for her work against domestic violence and her support for same-sex marriage.

The background pattern pays tribute to the intricate geometries of Spain’s Mudéjar craftwork. Outlined in mauve embroidery is a circle-and-triangle symbol, suggesting both the ancient Western Mediterranean goddess Tanit and Her successors, the Black Madonnas of the Christian era.

Duendes (similar to elves or leprechauns) and hadas (nature-dwelling female spirits) abound in Spain. They are not manifest in this work, but we may take the golden thread as a token of their presence.

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